See this is how orange works. Doing well. Doing well. Then the voices. You really don't deserve that nice meal that you just had. Food is for sustenance not for fun. Your husband shouldn't have spent the money to buy something special for in house date night. It is frivolous. How dare you enjoy that food? You don't deserve to be taken care of. You don't deserve to eat. The lies keep attacking until finally in a sheer panic, I give in and try to purge. Maybe purging will shut them up. But it doesn't.
Then the next morning when I cannot swallow without feeling raw scratching in my throat, I realize what I've done. And the voices start again but this time even more accusatory. Look at yourself! Look what you've done. You know better than this. What is wrong with you? You're a worthless piece of sh*t. You spent your night trying to get rid of food that your body needed. If you aren't going to try to keep it down then why on earth should you eat it? You have to pay for last night. No you can't have breakfast. How can you trust yourself to not go running to the bathroom to get rid of that breakfast? No, better to not eat, at least until you can trust yourself again. See, it's true, you are not capable of recovery. You will always mess it up. Just give in to it. You aren't going to beat me so why not just surrender to me? Just let me destroy your body. You are stuck. You are mine. You will never be free from my grip. Even when you think you want something else, I will always be here waiting to hold your hand and take you back.
The lies of orange attacked me so viciously that I couldn't hear anything else. I shivered my way through a miserably cold night at work. I joked with my customers that it was ok that it was only 54* because shivering burns calories. Who needs exercise when you work in an icebox? They laughed. I ached that I had seriously just said that. I had hoped for time with a good friend after work but in God's grace and wisdom, she didn't get my message asking if I could come over for a bit.
I decided as I neared home to turn on the radio. Once again God used music. The only song I heard before arriving at home was Forgiven by Sanctus Real.
I love the end that says, "When I don't measure up to much in this life, Oh I'm a treasure in the arms of Christ." See that is the amazing part of grace. I blew it. But God gently calls me back. He reminds me that I don't have to carry the weight of what I've done because He has already carried it. As I thought of this, I remembered a verse that was very dear to my heart during my first go round with recovery.
8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Micah 7:8 (NIV)
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be my light.
Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I gave into darkness, the Lord will be my light. I blew it but He redeemed it. I can't say I'm feeling perfectly fine right now. But I can say that I am allowing God to minister to my pain and my guilt and my self condemnation. I don't know how to do this but I do know that God knows how to carry me through this. I know that His grace is sufficient to cover me. I know that sometimes the lies will win in my heart but I know that His truth is bigger and can break through those lies. If I know nothing else, I know this
HE IS FAITHFUL.